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Shiver From The Shiver – Aprilia Test Rides

Ever since the Hypermotard hysteria began both Motodisiac and I were sort of on a quest to find the next bike each one of us likes. We had already drooled over the Hypermotard and the Super Duke a little bit. And frankly both of us got pretty much over both of those motorcycles.

The next one in line for me was the Tuono.

Aprilia has been manufacturing Tuonos for quite some time now. All reviews I found on it were raving. It is a great street bike. Basically a street down racer replica of the Aprilia RSV1000 Mille. I was excited and could not wait to get my hands on it.

At the same time while browsing the Aprilia website I came across another bike – the Shiver. The styling peaked my interested. And even though it had a smalled 750cc engine I still did not want to count it off.

Motodisiac had some prior family arrangements that he had to attend to. So I decided to betray our friendship and go do the test rides alone. I found an Aprilia dealership close to my house, placed a phone call and 30 minutes later I was knocking on their front door asking if I could take both the Tuono and the Shiver for a quick spin.

David, the president of the dealership was kind enough to let me test ride both without prior arrangements or appointments. The first one in line was the Shiver in silver color.

The bike looked even better “in person”. The styling was beautiful. I was excited. Once I started the bike I immediately noticed its exhaust note. It is louder than your typical stock exhaust.

Somewhat similar to my Futura’s Tailormade Racing exhaust. Nice. The riding posture is aggressive with a rider leaning forward, reminiscent of the Hypermotard, but without the super moto styling. There I went.

The bike felt a little underpowered at first. But then I decided to keep my rpms higher, around 6-7 thousand. The red line is at 12 thousand, so I did not feel that I was abusing the bike at all. And that is when the true fun began.

The bike came alive, turns were easy to take, leans were intuitive, the bike felt nimble and light. I ended up getting lost in that neighborhood. That led to a longer test ride which I did not mind at all.

When I came back David had the Tuono ready for me. So without any delays I went on my second test ride. The Tuono’s exhaust note was not as loud and did fell like a true stock exhaust.

Something has to be said about its brakes. My first stop light I braked and found myself stopped way short. The brakes on the Tuono are amazing. The riding posture is a race bike like, with your legs tucked in.

I was going to say “with your feet resting on the foot pegs”. However being 6 feet tall (1m82cm) my legs were not “resting”. This position would not be comfortable for longer rides. Besides the seat comfort was not the best virtue of this bike either.

The bike did feel heavier and more powerful. Obviously the race inspired 1000cc engine would make you feel more power than the 750cc Shiver engine. I also was not too thrilled about the color scheme.

The arrogant blue rims did not feel at home with the red and silver colors of the Tuonos.

I rode back in to the dealership parking lot with mixed feelings. The Tuono is a better and a more expensive package no doubt. It is engine is more powerful, the Brembo brakes are absolutely out of this world. However I did not enjoy the riding posture, nor did I like the seat at all.

On the other hand the Shiver was surprisingly fun, nimble, comfortable to ride and had enough power for a naked street bike. Even though the Tuono felt heavier in fact it is the Shiver which is approximately 10 lbs heavier. That was a shocker. It felt much much lighter.

Aprilia Shiver Naked
Aprilia Shiver Naked

And it was SO MUCH FUN to ride.

Here comes the resume – the Tuono is a great bike. Just not the one that fits me. The Shiver is the one I enjoyed more and that fit me better in terms of both the way it rides and its styling. Of course this conclusion has been made solely based on a brief ride around and some visual impressions. It takes time to develop a “relationship” between a bike and a rider.

As far as availability and pricing go the Tuono’s have been around for over 7 years now. You can find used Tuono’s here and there. The Shiver came out on the US market about a couple of months ago.

So like for SuperDukes and Hypermotards it would be virtually impossible to find a used Shiver. The good part is that a brand new Shiver will be in the realm of 9 thousand dollars.

By no means I am an impulse buyer. However I did feel an “impulse”. The Shiver gave me shivers :).

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Aprilia Shiver Naked
Aprilia Shiver Naked
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Aprilia Shiver Naked
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Aprilia Shiver Naked
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